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June 6 – The day democracy returned to Europe

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The battle for Normandy June-August 1944, launched on D-Day exactly 75 years ago, marked, after Stalingrad, the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany. It was a major battle. The Allies suffered 209,672 casualties of whom 36,796 were killed. Some 28,000 Allied airman were lost in the months preceding and during the campaign.

Referendum Commission encourages voters in Mayo to use their vote today

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The Referendum Commission has called on voters in Mayo to ensure their voice is heard in the referendum on the regulation of divorce, which is taking place today.

Mayo goes to the ballot box today

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The majority of voters in Mayo will go to the ballot box today, voting on the islands took place yesterday for possibly the last time, with moves afoot to have islanders vote on the same day as the rest of the country in the future.

O’Reilly calls for Yes vote in divorce referendum

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The four year waiting period for couples who are divorcing is “causing real financial and emotional pressure” at a “very stressful and uncertain time”, often “accelerating conflict between ex partners”.

Solidarity's Conor Burke to launch election campaign

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Outspoken TD Ruth Coppinger will officially launch the Local Election campaign of Conor Burke, who is running for Solidarity in the Galway City East electoral ward.

Budget overrun of National Children’s Hospital requires accountability

Athlone Town Mayor, Cllr. Frankie Keena, has expressed immense dissatisfaction with the manner in which the Government and in particular, public representative, Minister Simon Harris, is proceeding with his health brief.

Freeman fires over late leveller for Mayo in league opener

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A late, late long range point from Cathal Freeman saw Mayo gain a valuable point in their league opener against Meath in Tooreen on Sunday afternoon.

Sinn Féin demands abolishing car parking charges at UCHG

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Parking fees at University College Hospital Galway are an "unnecessary nuisance" for the families and friends of hospital patients, according to Sinn Féin which is proposing to abolish the fees.

Sinn Féin and Social Democrats announce local election candidates for Galway city

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Sinn Féin and the Social Democrats have announced their Galway City Council candidates for the Local Elections in May 2019, while Independent councillor Mike Cubbard has also announced he is seeking re-election.

Testing times for US and Brexit, but we have some excellent rugby to enjoy

As I am compiling this weekly column for the Advertiser, people in the US are voting in the mid-term elections for both the House of Representatives and the Senate. So by the time my column appears the results will be fully out. I hope that the polls which are forecasting Democratic wins in the House of Representatives are correct, but of course our belief in polls has run low. President Trump has put a huge effort into shoring up the Republican seats in both the Congress and the Senate, and he has campaigned tirelessly for the last 10 days hoping to consolidate the Republican vote. It seems that the US is viewing these mid-term elections as a referendum on President Trump and his handling of the US. So it will be very intriguing to see the results and to see whether the Democrats will come back in charge of the House of Representatives.

 

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